Got a sandwich from Subway, settled on the hotel bed, and opened the book I’d just bought in Amherst on the recommendation of North American Trainer editor Frances J. Karon. “Day out of Days” is a short story collection by Pulitzer winner Sam Shepard, also the author of more than 45 plays. He’s an accomplished … Continue reading Shepard and Hemingway as enchanted with horses as us
Pulitzer winner Walt Bogdanich and co-authors were the most recent to write dramatically about “mangled horses,” drugs, breakdowns, and injured jockeys in America (New York Times), but before them Nobel winner Ernest Hemingway, a one-time journalist, did so as well, in France in 1922. Yes, apparently in France these things happen as well! As an … Continue reading Hemingway: Mangled horses, dead jockeys, dope, fixed races
What’s a Gorytus? A Gorytus is a case for holding arrows. Who’s Gorytus? He was a gorgeous physical specimen by Nijinsky out of Glad Rags, trained by Dick Hern for Alice duPont Mills in England. Gorytus won his first two starts at 2 in a manner that made grown men wax poetic, but he lost … Continue reading Union Rags again: Unlucky or does he have curse of Gorytus?
There’s so much confusion about exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in articles, blogs, and SM today that I want to clarify some issues as they have appeared in recent posts in this space. For one, whenever possible I’ve defined a “bleeder” as a horse exhibiting epistaxis (bleeding through nostrils) when referring to studies quoted here from … Continue reading Clarifying some terms, such as ‘bleeder’; and Drape quote
The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has strict testing requirements in place for exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in potential imports, but nevertheless would you believe that bleeders (defined here as those exhibiting epsitaxis, or bleeding through the nostrils) are more prevalent there than here? Part of the reason for this is that race-day Lasix or … Continue reading A look at EIPH history and its prevalence in Hong Kong
Hong Kong racing is frequently cited as a model for US racing to follow because race-day furosemide is not permitted and breakdown rates are among the lowest in the world. Joe Drape, the New York Times racing writer, once tweeted: “Not complex: In Hong Kong, over past 5 years, only 8 deaths among 45,000, 1 … Continue reading A closer look at the Hong Kong model, breakdowns, Lasix
Anita Cauley’s highly regarded homebred On Fire Baby, 4-1 co-second choice on the morning line for the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs, began her racing career as a rarity these days. She made her debut at Ellis Park last August as the only member of the eight-horse field to race without … Continue reading On Fire Baby’s early form without Lasix no different now